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William Penuel



  • Higher Ed: Education, Researcher 


Bill Penuel is professor in educational psychology and the learning sciences. His research focuses on teacher learning and organizational processes that shape the implementation of educational policies, school curricula, and afterschool programs. In his research, he examines learning and development from sociocultural, social capital, and complex social systems perspectives. One strand of his research focuses on designs for teacher professional development in Earth science education. A second strand examines the role of research-practice partnerships in designing supports for teacher learning in school districts. A third strand examines how children's interest in science develops over time and across different kinds of settings. This third strand includes a focus on young children's learning through digital media, including public television programs. His research has appeared in the American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record, the American Journal of Evaluation, Science Education, and the Journal of the Learning Sciences. He is currently Associate Editor of the Social and Institutional Analysis section at the American Educational Research Journal, and he is on the editorial board for Teachers College Record, American Journal of Evaluation, and Cognition and Instruction


design-based implementation research, research-practice partnerships, Earth science education, classroom assessment 


Penuel, W. R., & Fishman, B. J. (2012). Large-scale intervention research we can use. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 49(3), 281-304.
Penuel, W. R., Fishman, B. J., Cheng, B., & Sabelli, N. (2011). Organizing research and development at the intersection of learning, implementation, and design. Educational Researcher, 40(7), 331-337.
Penuel, W. R., Gallagher, L. P., & Moorthy, S. (2011). Preparing teachers to design sequences of instruction in Earth science: A comparison of three professional development programs. American Educational Research Journal, 48(4), 996-1025.  

Site Contributions
11/27/18Designing NGSS-Aligned Curriculum Materials
10/29/18Designing Educational Systems to Support Enactment of the Next Generation Science Standards
06/12/18Using Learning and Motivation Theories to Coherently Link Formative Assessment, Grading Practices, and Large‐Scale Assessment
07/26/17Ethical and Equitable: New Strategies for Supporting Sustainable Research Results
02/02/17MSPnet Academy: How to design 3D formative assessments for NGSS
02/02/17Test webinar
01/11/17Infrastructures to Support Equitable STEM Learning Across Settings
01/05/17Building an Assessment Argument to Design and Use Next Generation Science Assessments in Efficacy Studies of Curriculum Interventions
01/04/17Investigating Purposeful Science Curriculum Adaptation as a Strategy to Improve Teaching and Learning
10/19/16Teachers, Tasks, And Tensions: Lessons From A Research-Practice Partnership
10/19/16Conceptualizing Research–Practice Partnerships as Joint Work at Boundaries
03/09/16Research-Practice Partnerships in Education: Outcomes, Dynamics, and Open Questions
12/09/15Conceptualizing Research–Practice Partnerships as Joint Work at Boundaries
03/03/15Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards: Strategies for Educational Leaders
01/21/15Curriculum Materials Make a Difference for Next Generation Science Learning: Results from Year 1 of a Randomized Controlled Trial
01/21/15Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards: Strategies for Educational Leaders
09/23/14Developing a DBIR Research Plan
09/10/14R+P Collaboratory: Negotiating Problems of Practice with Bill Penuel
07/08/14Designing for Equitable Learning Across Settings
05/29/14Webinar with R+P Collaboratory: Negotiating Problems of Practice with Bill Penuel
03/27/14Negotiating Research Practice Partnerships
12/18/13Designing NGSS Assessments to Evaluate the Efficacy of Curriculum Interventions
11/20/13MSPnet Academy: Design-based Implementation Research
02/14/13Research-Practice Partnerships: A Strategy for Leveraging Research for Educational Improvement in School Districts
02/14/13Organizing Research and Development at the Intersection of Learning, Implementation, and Design
10/14/12Large-Scale Science Education Intervention Research We Can Use